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No More Gun Shows On County Property, Latimer Says

George Latimer calls for an end to guns being sold on county property.
George Latimer calls for an end to guns being sold on county property. Photo Credit: Contributed

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The massacre in Las Vegas has led to renewed calls to end gun shows on Westchester County property.

George Latimer, Democratic candidate for County Executive and a state senator, led a rally in front of the Westchester County Center calling for County Executive Rob Astorino to pass legislation banning the sale of guns on county property.

A gun show was held at the Westchester County Center in January after Astorino vetoed legislation banning the sale of firearms on county property.

"Time and again, we're expressing prayers and common sympathy and that's not enough anymore," Latimer said. I believe that the Second Amendment allows you to own a weapon, but it certainly does not mean that every possible armament under the sun should be in private hands."

Democratic legislators are calling for a vote on Monday, Oct. 16, to override Astorino's veto.

Jessica Proud, a spokeswoman for Astorino, said it was disgraceful for Latimer to use the shooting in Las Vegas for political gain.

"We still don’t have all the facts about this evil psychopath and how he was able to possess an illegal automatic weapon," Proud said.

Proud said Latimer was demonizing the Westchester residents who attended the event.

The show "Is not only well-attended and well-run but also has the strictest safety protocols in the entire nation, fully within local, state and federal guidelines," Proud said. 

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